Here is an interesting question posed by a player.Quote:2nd Question: Barricade feat, found in page 155, allows you to use objects, furniture and garbage lying around to build or reinforce cover as a move action. Would it be possible to mimic the feat with a longer usage time?
I would think so, since piling up furniture to make a barricade is something anyone can do, given enough time and strength. Though making it take a minute or more sounds reasonable...
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Most of the complaints about the Barricade feat are coming from people who have not read the rules closely enough.
As a move action, you can stack and reinforce objects that are too small or too fragile to provide cover into a single square of adjacent cover.
Anyone can spend a standard action to kick over a wooden table with 5 hardness and 15 hp and take cover behind it. You don't even need a skill roll. The presence of the Barricade feat does not prevent you from doing this.
Someone who has the Barricade feat can spend a move action to create cover that is just as sturdy out of a roll of aluminum foil, or a pile of foam beer cozies, or a couple of discarded plastic cafeteria trays, or literally any old crap that happens to be lying around.
I don't understand why people keep claiming that the latter is "something anyone could do before they made a rule defining it."